Field wide open for Triple Crown finale

  • Field wide open for Triple Crown finale

Field wide open for Triple Crown finale

He was also known as the "Giant Killer" because he trained ordinary race horses to beat Triple Crown champions such as Secretariat, whom Jerkens beat twice in other races. There are no champions in this race.

No horse has dominated the 3-year-old ranks so far, leaving the 1½-mile Belmont up for grabs among 12 horses that on Saturday will run the longest race of their lives.

So most will wait for the 1⅛-mile Haskell, or the 1⅛-mile Jim Dandy or the 1¼-mile Travers, both run at Saratoga.

Let's start with honesty about Saturday night's mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown: Classic Empire towered over this field.

Gormley - Though he was the last horse to commit to this race, he's our choice. Smith won the 2010 Belmont with Drosselmeyer at 12-1 and the 2013 Belmont with Palace Malice at 14-1.

Normally, in the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes, we have a lot of information about the field.

Like Irish War Cry, Tapwrit and Patch ran in the Kentucky Derby but skipped the Preakness. Irish War Cry finished 10th in this year's Kentucky Derby before skipping the Preakness.

Think about past year when the two-year-old champion and Kentucky Derby, Nyqvist, sat out the Belmont and the race ended at the wire with a near photo finish. "And he's had a really good couple of weeks". In that case, he's ready for a good performance.

Over the years, the victor of the Peter Pan Stakes, also run at Belmont Park, has been a primer to produce a victor for the Belmont. Even without that recognizable trio, the field of 12 runners is an interesting bunch that will bring a bevy of betting opportunities that could prove lucrative if you get it right.

Newcomers to the series are Twisted Tom, Hollywood Handsome, Meantime and the Japanese-based Epicharis.

The NYRA offered a $1 million bonus this year and attracted Epicharis to enter the race.

A Japanese horse. He's planned for this race the whole time. Gormley, who normally works in company, often cutting inside his workmate at the top of the stretch, had to work seven furlongs by himself when his workmate cast himself in his stall that morning, and he turned in a strong move in 1:26 1/5, while being pushed along most of the way.

Unfortunately for the connections, Epicharis had a bout of lameness Wednesday.

"Martin Panza, NYRA's VP of racing, said the trainer of Epicharis was happy with his progress and was hopeful all would be well for a start on Saturday", Daily Racing Form noted. The bulk of the field has much to prove.

Despite the length of the Belmont, the big rally from far behind rarely happens (although it did a year ago with Creator). If he can manage to win this one he will be the front-runner for Horse of the Year.

After Irish War Cry, I am confident in Tapwrit to hit the board. "He should be able to get into a nice rhythm, which I think that's how he runs his best race-to get into a nice flow". He's trained by Todd Pletcher, one of the best trainers, and Velazquez has rode him before. That finish was actually laudable considering his trouble.

The Belmont Stakes was first held at Jerome Park racetrack in the Bronx in 1867 - six years before the inaugural Preakness, eight years before the Kentucky Derby - before switching to nearby Morris Park in 1890 and then to Belmont Park, just outside Queens, in 1906. Derby fan favorite "Patch", a colt with only one eye, will also be racing Saturday.

Will's picks: 1. Senior Investment. 2.